Britain’s best spring steam journeys

It's full steam ahead with our pick of the best steam train journeys in the UK.

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East Somerset Railway, Somerset

Steam through five miles of rolling Mendip countryside on a day out at the East Somerset Railway. As well as partaking in a traditional steam drive, take time to visit the engine sheds, watch the signalman at work and see David Shepherd’s renowned wildlife and railway pictures in the art gallery.

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Battlefield Line Railway, Leicestershire

Step back in history to the time of the War of the Roses on the Battlefield Line, which runs from Shackerstone, via Market Bosworth, to Shenton, which is located in the centre of Bosworth Field – the site of the last great medieval battle.

Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Cornwall

Traverse the Cornish countryside on Cornwall’s only standard gauge railway. Stations en route include Bodmin General, Boscarne Junction and Bodmin Parkway, which has a beautiful walk along the old carriage drive to Lanhydrock House.

North Norfolk Railway, Norfolk

Travel through the flower-strewn landscape of North Norfolk – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 10.5-mile round trip from Sheringham to Holt, passes wooded hills to the south, the Norfolk beauty spots of Kelling Heath and Sheringham Park, and the sea to the north. In spring and early summer prepare to be dazzled by fields of primroses, bluebells and yellow gorse. Later in the year poppies vie for the limelight with blankets of heather.

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway, North Yorkshire

Widely regarded as one of most scenically spectacular of lines, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway runs through national park from Pickering to Grosmont. So take your seat in the cosy wood-panelled carriages and simply enjoy the view.